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Journal Issue
Volume 5 Issue 2 / Jun 2007  pp87‑173

Editor: Shirley Williams

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A Novel Approach to Define Performance Metrics for Students' and Teachers' Evaluation  pp87‑102

Pradipta Biswas, S.K. Ghosh

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Initial Evaluation and Analysis of Post Graduate Trainees' Use of a Virtual Learning Environment in Initial Teacher Training  pp103‑112

Alison Hramiak

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Online Communities of Practice Enhancing Statistics Instruction: The European Project EarlyStatistics  pp113‑122

Maria Meletiou-Mavrotheris, Efstathios Mavrotheris

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Agent‑based Collaborative Affective e‑Learning Framework  pp123‑134

Mahmoud Neji, Mohamed Ben Ammar

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Abstract

Based on facial expression (FE), this paper explores the possible use of the affective communication in virtual environments (VEs). The attention of affective communication is examined and some research ideas for developing affective communication in virtual environments are proposed. We place an emphasis on communication between virtual entities, which make use of other data apart from the information being communicated. In particular, we explore the capacity of VEs to communicate affective states, i.e. those aspects of communication concerned with emotional response, and discover how agents within VEs can model and use affective states to enhance the realism of the VEs. Moreover, we discuss the social intelligence that renders affective behaviours of software agents and its application to a collaborative learning system. We argue that socially appropriate affective behaviours would provide a new dimension for collaborative e‑learning systems. 

 

Keywords: affective communication, virtual environments, virtual entities, affective states, e-learning systems

 

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S. C. Premaratne, D. D. Karunaratna, K. P. Hewagamage

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Applying Web‑Enabled Problem‑Based Learning and Self‑Regulated Learning to Enhance Computing Skills of Taiwan's Vocational Students: a Quasi‑Experimental Study of a Short‑Term Module  pp148‑157

Pei-Di Shen Tsang-Hsiung Lee, Chia-Wen Tsai

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The Purpose of Focus Groups in Ascertaining Learner Satisfaction with a Virtual Learning Environment  pp158‑165

Yana I Tainsh

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An Innovative Junior Faculty Online Development Program  pp166‑173

Luis M. Villa, Olga M. de la Rosa

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